Budget Travel Tips: 6 Ways to Get Pampered in London


There’s no place to do luxury better than London. Take a look at the best ways to feel like a celebrity in the Big Smoke.

Afternoon Tea

Dress in your best and tuck into dainty sandwiches, delicate cakes and beautifully brewed tea. There is a whole range of places that you can go to enjoy an afternoon tea in London, from The Ritz to the Savoy. You could even enjoy a relaxing cruise along the River Thames seeing the sights of London as you’re served a selection of sandwiches and cake. Make sure you book in advance because going to high tea is a very popular pastime.

Luxury Shopping

If you’re looking for high-end shopping, then London has the best selection of luxury department stores. Harrods, Harvey Nichols, Liberty and Fortnum & Mason are all stores well worth visiting for the shopping experience alone – even if the prices are a little out your range, just being there makes you feel luxurious. Fortnum & Mason, for instance, is a beautiful store that is renowned as a purveyor of fine foods amongst other things and has five different restaurants, including an ice cream parlour.

If you’re looking for more than just department stores, however, head to Bond Street and Mayfair. An exclusive shopping area, it’s perfect for those looking to splash the cash on designers, or just aspirational window shopping.


For a posh restaurant experience, go to a celebrity restaurant. Whether you’re into Jamie Oliver, Gordon Ramsey or Michel Roux Jr, finding your favourite chef is easy. Make sure you book in advance!


If your idea of luxury is being pampered into bliss, then you need a spa. Luckily, London has many. From The Berkeley Spa’s open top swimming pool to the Chinese medicine Chuan Spa, there’s a spa to suit your idea of luxury.

Places to Stay

From luxury hotels to serviced apartments, there’s a whole range of choice when it comes to where you should stay. The benefit of a luxury hotel is that you can have everything catered to you, but serviced apartments, means that you can have the best of both worlds – your every whim catered for, and you can cook yourself if you so wish!

Champagne Bars

Pop your cork at a champagne bar for true luxury. Champagne and Fromage in Covent Garden combines, you guessed it, bubbly and cheese. With champagne made by their own producers and a range of cheeses, it could be the perfect way to spend the afternoon. Alternatively, if you want something a bit more high end, you could head to Kettner’s Champagne Bar, where Oscar Wilde himself used to frequent.

Joanna Owens/ author of the article
Hello, everyone! My name is Joanna Owens, and I'm a tourist guide. One of the things that sets me apart as a tourist guide is my enthusiasm and passion for what I do. I believe that travel should be about more than just checking off items on a bucket list; it should be about experiencing new cultures, meeting new people, and discovering the world in all its beauty and complexity. I strive to create tours and experiences that are not only informative but also engaging and interactive, so that my clients can truly immerse themselves in the places they visit.
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